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Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History: Decoding the Past


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Authors: Jana Kirchner, Ph.D., Andrew McMichael, Ph.D.
Product Code: 4232
ISBN: 978-1-61821-423-2
Pages: 212
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Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History: Decoding the Past provides primary source lessons that focus on teaching U.S. history through inquiry to middle school students. Students will be faced with a question to answer or problem to solve and will examine primary sources for evidence to create hypothetical solutions. The chapters focus on key chronological periods (e.g., the Age of Exploration to the Civil Rights era) and follow the scope and sequence of major social studies textbooks, with activities linked to the U.S. History Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies. The three lesson plans in each chapter begin with an essential question that sets the focus for the primary sources and teaching strategies that follow. The lesson plans include differing types of primary sources such as photographs, speeches, political cartoons, historic maps, paintings, letters, and diary entries.

Grades 5–8

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Review by: Michael DiClemente, MiddleWeb - July 30, 2015
If you are looking for new ways to incorporate primary sources into your U.S. history lessons, then this book will provide you with some great ideas. From the nation’s infancy through Civil Rights, you will have access to great lessons or can take the bits and pieces you need. I can honestly say that no U.S. history teacher would be disappointed with this book. It can serve you to have as a personal copy or to keep in a curriculum library.
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by Greg Grant
on 9/20/2016
Thank you!
I teach in a selective-admissions public high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are located on the campuses of the College of Southern Nevada, a community college, and our students take both high school and undergraduate courses. I have been in the process, the past four years, of rewriting my U.S. History-Honors courses to focus principally on primary sources. Last year, I used a lot of the materials developed and published by the Stanford History Education group.  However, I found their coverage a bit uneven, although I generally liked their stuff and found much of it useful. I have The Annals of America, and planned to use that, as well as the Library of Congress and Project Avalon sources, to develop my own primary source lesson plans. This summer, I stumbled across your Inquiry-Based Lessons in U.S. History.  What can I say?  I love it!  While developing my own primary source lesson plans remains in my plans, the pressure to do so is no longer crushing.  Well done!
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